The effect of the Israel lobby on U.S foreign policy: a case study of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s influence on the U.S decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003

Turay, Peter (2016) The effect of the Israel lobby on U.S foreign policy: a case study of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s influence on the U.S decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    On March 20th 2003, U.S. forces invaded the Middle Eastern state of Iraq, to depose the radical tyrant, Saddam Hussein. Thirteen years later and the multitude of contributing factors are still debated, with academics citing such components as the neoconservative movement, desire for oil resources, and the quest to defeat global terrorism. One such factor that in comparison “no one mentions” (Kinsley, 2002, para.7) is the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an interest group based in Washington D.C, who President Bill Clinton described during his time in office as “stunningly effective” (Yglesias, 2007, p.12). Operating from within one of the country’s most active foreign policy groups, the Israel Lobby, AIPAC has influenced U.S. foreign policy time after time, with the 2003 U.S invasion of Iraq being no exception.
    Within this dissertation the influence of the Israel Lobby on U.S foreign policy will be examined. Furthermore, the method of triangulation will be employed to present the collection of evidence within the case study, subsequently concluding that “pressure from AIPAC and Israel” (Massing, 2006, p.2) was a considerable factor in the U.S decision to invade Iraq.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 11:24
    Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 11:24
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22571

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